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Posted on Monday, October 2, 2017
On Wednesday, Major Derek Dupuis (USAF), father of Skylar ('28) and Jordyn ('31), visited the 7th grade technology class to share about his experience flying drones for the US Air Force. The 7th grade students have been using their iPads to code the flight paths of small Parrot drones, and Maj. Dupuis helped provide real-life context to the lessons students are learning. Major Dupuis's visit was coordinated by Heathwood's Columbia Connections program, which enhances student learning by... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2017
With the swish of a ball crossing the net, Heathwood’s new Averyt Tennis Center was officially christened on September 25, 2017 by varsity players Caroline Bunch, Ruth Dibble, Samantha Gaton, Olivia Hampton, Isabelle Lord, and Daisy McLeod, all members of the Class of 2018. The courts are the culmination of almost two years of work by many members of the Heathwood community. Spearheaded by alumnus and current parent Wade Mullins, ’86, a committee which also included alum Brett Caldwell, ’86... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2017
In 17 years at Heathwood, Dr. George Scouten has played many roles, from English teacher to Upper School Head to Middle School lacrosse coach. Now he’s stepping into a new position as Assistant Head of School that will help Heathwood capitalize on its recent forward momentum. A native of Baltimore, Dr. Scouten came to Columbia as a Ph.D. student in English at the University of South Carolina and joined the Heathwood Upper School faculty in 1998. He has served as Dean of Students, English... Read More
Posted on Monday, September 25, 2017
In an ideal world, cost would never be a barrier to students’ scientific imaginations. But in the real world, experiments can require all kinds of materials—and sometimes those costs add up. Thanks to the generosity of Heathwood’s Upper School Science Club, students in this year’s Upper School Honors Science Research program and those who are completing science-related Senior Exhibition projects, won’t have to worry as much about how to fund exploration of their ideas and tests of their... Read More
Posted on Monday, September 25, 2017
Write what you know. That’s always one of the first pieces of advice given to creative writers. And it’s why Heathwood’s Upper School creative writing students recently began their day by closely studying a pair of salamanders—the kind of hands-on learning experience more typically found in a science class. When the creative writing students were assigned to write a children’s book about Sally Salamander, the namesake of downtown Columbia’s Sally Salamander walking tour, they realized one of... Read More
Posted by By Jennifer Falvey on Friday, September 22, 2017
  If you heard strange sounds in the Campus Center this past week, you didn’t have to look far to find the source: Heathwood Hall was fortunate to host award-winning author and storyteller Donna Washington for the second time. In the Belser Auditorium, the Kindergarteners were moving and baa-ing like kids (the baby-goat kind) as Ms. Washington told them the cautionary tale of “A Knock at the Door,” laughing as the baby goats got the better of the big bad wolf outside.  The 3rd and 4th... Read More
Posted on Friday, September 15, 2017
If you like the gray polo shirts that are the latest addition to Heathwood’s uniforms, thank a 3rd grader. (Or rather, thank two of them, who are now 4th graders.)  The new uniform shirts are their brainchild, the result of a class project in persuasive writing last year. When 3rd grade teacher Kim Bain asked her students to write a persuasive letter to a Heathwood teacher or administrator, classmates Henry Morris and Turner Rice decided to approach Head of School Chris Hinchey with a... Read More
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2017
How can middle school become a happier place? A smile is—for a whole host of reasons—a great way to start. As the Mary Tyler Moore show famously taught us, we can turn the world on with a smile. But it turns out smiling does a lot more than that. Just the simple act of smiling not only builds camaraderie with others but also unleashes neurochemical reactions that make us happier and more relaxed. Heathwood’s Middle School students gave their smile muscles a workout this week by participating... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Heathwood families have long known that our school lunches are a cut above the ordinary. Now, Head Chef/Manager Jim McMahon and his talented team have earned national recognition for the great work they do feeding hundreds of hungry Highlanders each school day. Chef Jim has just been announced as the 2017 winner of Flik Independent School Dining Regional and National Account of the Year. “Jim’s ability to engage with the Heathwood Hall community has been exemplary and we were proud to... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Many Heathwood families who have gotten to know Melissa Brookshire as a Kindergarten Associate Teacher over the last few years are already aware that she has a gift for teaching art. So when the school was searching for a new Early Childhood and Lower School art teacher, it's no surprise that Melissa's name rose to the top of the list. She's already making her impact felt through the enhancements she's made to the EC Art Studio, through the rock painting project she initiated, and more. Here... Read More